Ned Colletti

Former Dodgers prospect Carlos Santana helps Cleveland Indians reach World Series

Former Dodgers prospect Carlos Santana helps Cleveland Indians reach World Series

In 2008, the Dodgers acquired third baseman Casey Blake, in a push toward the World Series. They never would have imagined that the Class A prospect they traded to get Blake would qualify for the World Series before they would return.

Eight years later, Carlos Santana and the Cleveland Indians are in the World Series. Santana, 30, hit 34 home runs this season — tied with ex-Angel Mike Napoli for the team lead — and ranked eighth in the American League with a .366 on-base percentage.

The Dodgers did not want to trade Santana, but then-owner Frank McCourt had told then-general manager Ned...

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